Petition set up against Claires Court expansion proposals

Grace Witherden

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A petition against the proposed development of 157 homes in Cannon Lane has received more than 250 signatures.

The petition, created by Dob Todorov, is in response to a public consultation held by Claires Court Schools over plans which would see its three school sites in Maidenhead combined to create a new single campus at the site of its Junior Boys school at Ridgeway, off Cannon Lane.

The sites in College Avenue, Ray Mill Road East and part of the Ridgeway site would be redeveloped into housing by Berkeley Homes, and the new school campus will be able to hold just under 1,200 pupils at full capacity. The schools currently have 1,090 pupils.

The petition, which was set up on Change.org on Friday, states it is ‘unacceptable to bend the rules’ and build houses on greenbelt land.

It says: “With another six schools within a two-kilometre radius, a new school doesn’t really serve the needs of the local community.

“As with every business undertaking, a private school should be funded by means available to the wider public, and not by building on greenbelt land.”

Other reasons against the development include impact on nearby communities, a rise in traffic, drainage issues and noise levels.

There would be a total of 11 homes built on the Ray Mill Road East site, 53 in College Avenue, and 157 on land near Ridgeway by the Berkeley Group. Of these 30 per cent would be affordable homes.

A public consultation ran on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 which gave neighbours the chance to have their say.

Hugh Wilding, headteacher at Claires Court School said: “We are currently consulting on plans to improve our school. Claires Court has grown in recent years and will continue to grow because it provides an important choice for Maidenhead parents. Our plans will enhance our facilities which will be shared with local sports groups.

“We have had a fantastic initial response since our announcement and 330 people attended our exhibition last weekend (8/9 July).

“Of course, we recognise that some have expressed concerns and we will be considering these before we submit a planning application.”

Visit www.clairescourt.com/consultation for more information about the consultation plans and visit www.change.org/p/no-new-cannon-lane-housing-estate to view the petition.

 

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